During the second innings of the final of the 1983 cricket World Cup, West Indies batsman Vivian Richards found himself face-to-face with Indian all-rounder Madan Lal for the second time that innings. A few overs earlier, Richards had hit three of Lal’s deliveries to the boundary. This was the over in which Richards miscalculated, and Kapil Dev, playing off Lal’s delivery, took his now-famous running-catch. Lal took 17 wickets that tournament. In this essay from Vimal Kumar’s The Cricket Fanatics Essential Guide, Lal returns to his time on the 1983 squad and also sends out words of encouragement to the current team.
25 June 1983 was such an incredible day of our lives. Cricket was always a major sport in this country ever since I started playing serious cricket, but it achieved the status of a mass game only after the first World Cup championship won by our team. There are countless memorable moments from the Prudential World Cup, yet three images are indelible and unforgettable.
The first is of Kapil Dev with the trophy at Lord’s;the second is of the players getting their medals; and the third, of course, is of the wicket of Vivian Richards.